If there's one thing that needs to be secure, it's your data. Sure, some of us don't have any essential information on our computers, but lots of people store valuable data on their hard drives. It's not always a good idea to leave personal banking information and other sensitive info on your main computer, which is always connected to the internet.
There are a bunch of different software options that can lockup your data, but the most secure hard drives are the ones with some hardware locks. The most popular security feature tends to be some kind of biometric lock, a fingerprint scanner or something like that, but fitting this onto a hard drive could be expensive and overkill. That doesn't stop some laptop companies from integrating biometric scanners into their computers. Apricorn's Aegis Padlock Secure Hard Drive takes a different approach. It comes with an old school keypad which enables you to select a custom PIN so that the data can be unlocked. In addition, the data on the hard drive is encrypted via AES-128 or 256-bit encryption.
There is a handy administrator feature which allows you to set up 10 different user IDs. These users can be allowed access to the encrypted data. We think that if you've got valuable information that you want to keep secure, you can use this Aegis hard drive. We like how it uses hardware and software locks to protect your data. The Aegis HD is available $100 to $160 and is available in 250 GB to 500 GB editions.